The Judiciary Police is undergoing a fraud-fighting operation to obtain subsidies from the European Union, TVI said on Thursday. The chief of staff of the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Adelino Mendes, is one of the targets of the searches.
At stake are millions of euros required from EU support funds – notably Portugal 2020 – under the false pretext of investments to create wealth and job creation in several areas but were diverted to luxury goods such as cars high-end homes.
At the moment there are several businessmen suspected of fraud, money laundering and counterfeiting, as part of an investigation of more than two years of the National Anti-Corruption Unit, and which has already had another operation in May 2017 .
According to a source quoted by Lusa, so far no arrests have been made, with only "about ten and a half defendants being constituted, and the number may still increase."
The operation involves approximately 100 operatives, including members of UNCC, PJ do Porto, Faro and Lisbon, as well as three magistrates from the Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DCIAP) and two officials from the Tax Authority.